The metatarsal bones are the long bones in the foot which connect the ankle to the toes. These bones help us to balance, and when they are fractured, our mobility may be affected. A metatarsal fracture is usually the result of a blow to the foot – for example dropping something heavy on the foot or something heavy hitting the foot – but it can also be caused by severe twisting, for example if you trip and fall. There are five metatarsal bones in the foot, and the most commonly fractured one is the one which connects to the little toe. The average healing time for a broken metatarsal is around 6 to 8 weeks.
Can I go back to work after my accident?
If you have fractured your metatarsal, you may not be able to work, depending on how physical your job is. Although the average healing time for a broken metatarsal is 6 to 8 weeks, you may need surgery if the fractured bones are not aligned. At any rate, you’ll need crutches to get around and it will generally be between 3 and 8 weeks before you can start moving your foot again. If you need to take time off work to recover after your accident, you might be concerned about money.
Although you’ll normally receive sick pay, this is generally less than your standard rate of pay, and depending on your employer, you may not receive full sick pay for the duration of time you’re off work. That’s why it can be a sensible idea to consider making a personal injury claim, if somebody else is to blame for your accident.
Who is to blame for my accident?
Working out who’s at fault for your accident can be a bit of a challenge. But there’s no need to lose sleep wondering who is to blame, when you could just give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500. With the average healing time for a broken metatarsal between 6 to 8 weeks, you’ve got plenty of time to give us a call whilst you’re off work and find out more about making a personal injury claim.
Even if your family are struggling financially after your accident, you can afford to claim compensation, as our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee basis. Get in touch with us today – we’re open 24/7 – and find out if you have a viable claim.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton